True rest is a great way to hit the reset button inside. This one can feel hard because sometimes “resting” doesn’t actually bring what it should: relief! The overwhelm of lists, responsibilities, and the heaviness of the world just keeps on piling up, and we are getting more and more tired.
So the first thing we have to do is prioritize finding the kinds of rest that bring us: relaxation, refreshment, and recovery of strength! How do we do this? Well first we have to stop “resting” in ways that aren’t actually providing any improvement. I.e. falling asleep with your phone in your hand and waking up drained! (Sorry, but someone has to say it!).
Then, we have to narrow down the areas we could genuinely use rest in: physical, emotional, mental fatigue; or it could be needing a rest from socializing, or too much sensory input, or being burnt out creatively. Sleep is a wonderful tool for rest, but you can also try unplugging from technology, meditation, and increasing the quality of your alone time. Remember- there’s no one recipe for rest because your recalibration depends on how depleted you are; a bad week will require a different rest remedy than years of chronic stress. Be patient.
Try to incorporate these principles to help find genuine rest:
- Create more space for yourself
- Embrace intentionality and mindfulness
- Treat yourself with kindness
- Choose one or two favorite self care rituals that serve you
- Find routines that support your wellbeing